Fat Joe Wants Credit For Nelly & Ashanti's Reunion

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 22: Ashanti and Nelly attends the Angel Ball 2012 at Cipriani Wall Street on October 22, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Mack/Getty Images)

Fat Joe recently recalled Nelly and Ashanti meeting up at his "Verzuz" battle with Ja Rule.

Fat Joe joked that he wants credit for Nelly and Ashanti's renewed relationship, after helping set the two up at his Verzuz with Ja Rule in 2021. He discussed the couple's relationship during a live stream on Instagram with fans, earlier this week. "They look so happily ever after," Joe said after discussing their meeting.

Later in the stream, he recalled FaceTiming them both after Nelly was seen rubbing Ashanti's belly on stage, prompting pregnancy rumors. “I immediately tell them I need 10 percent of this kid because if it wasn’t for Verzuz, that I brought Nelly out [during] me against Ja Rule, that’s when they saw each other and energy connected again. That’s when he said I gotta have her. He was over there contemplating; he really wanted to go over there," he said.

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Nelly & Ashanti Attend Fat Joe's "Verzuz"

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 14: (L-R) Jermaine Dupri, Papoose, Ma, Nelly, Fat Joe, Ja Rule, Ashanti and Lil' Mo attend VERZUZ: Fat Joe Vs Ja Rule at The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden on September 14, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)

From there, Joe explained that someone from his crew encouraged Nelly to approach Ashanti at the event. “He goes over there, and that starts the conversation. You know somebody gotta crack the ice — I don’t know why they fell out." Fat Joe's Verzuz opponent, Ja Rule, previously commented on Nelly and Ashanti's reconciliation and described it as unsurprising. “You can tell sometimes when women – they want that old thing back. I don’t want to blow sis up. But the chemistry was there,” Ja Rule said during a recent appearance on The Tamron Hall Show. “And I think for both of them it came back quick. So I think they missed each other. It had to be that way because of the way they just clicked and came back so fast.”

Fat Joe Discusses Nelly & Ashanti

Nelly and Ashanti originally dated from 2003 to 2013. They are currently expecting their first child together. Be on the lookout for further updates on Fat Joe as well as Nelly and Ashanti on HotNewHipHop.

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Cole Blake is currently an Editor at HotNewHipHop based out of Brooklyn, New York. He began working at the site as an intern back in 2018 while studying journalism at St. John’s University. In the time since, he’s graduated with a bachelor's degree and written extensively about a wide range of topics including pop culture, film & television, politics, video games, sports, and much more. He’s also covered music festivals such as Gov. Ball and Rolling Loud. You can find him publishing work for HNHH from Monday to Wednesday or on weekends. On the sports front, Cole’s a passionate NBA and NFL fan with his favorite teams being the Indianapolis Colts and Los Angeles Lakers. He also roots for the Yankees whenever he finds himself at Yankee Stadium or the Red Storm when in the company of other SJU alumni. His favorite hip-hop artists are billy woods, Earl Sweatshirt, Cam’ron, MIKE, and Mach-Hommy.